Memtropy Signals from the Noise

October 16, 2008

Sentient Silicon Being

Filed under: AI — Tags: , — Tomek @ 11:43 pm

After seeing Google’s development in the last years, I couldn’t help but to come to the conclusion that Brin and Page will be the first ones that will succeed in creating a Sentient Silicon Being.

In fact a considerable amount of all people help them reaching that goal by providing knowledge and semantics. We do that collectively and yet somehow egocentrically, for our own benefit. At the same time thousands of their engineers are putting together a huge redundant network, inside an even bigger redundant network, the internet. Their influence spreads into the internet every time somebody surfs their site, installs one of their applications etc.

This is what I found by chance.

Sergey Brin and Larry Page, the gifted young men who founded Google while pursuing doctoral degrees in computer science at Stanford, speak frequently of their desire to turn their search engine into an artificial intelligence, a HAL-like machine that might be connected directly to our brains. “The ultimate search engine is something as smart as people—or smarter,” Page said in a speech a few years back. “For us, working on search is a way to work on artificial intelligence.” In a 2004 interview with Newsweek, Brin said, “Certainly if you had all the world’s information directly attached to your brain, or an artificial brain that was smarter than your brain, you’d be better off.” Last year, Page told a convention of scientists that Google is “really trying to build artificial intelligence and to do it on a large scale.” The Atlantic

All Hail The Google!

PS. Or perhaps a botnet.

September 7, 2008

Can Machines Think?

Filed under: AI — Tags: , , , — Tomek @ 11:05 pm

How are people different from computers? Can computers think? The answers to these questions, although seemingly obvious to children, have taxed the minds of some of the greatest thinkers of the 20th century.

Although computers were originally designed to serve as calculating machines, many of the earliest computer scientists and engineers thought of computers as thinking machines. As far back as the 1950’s there was work on developing computer programs that could play checkers, or chess, or solve calculus problems.

Thinking, however, is a mysterious activity. Scholars have often described thinking not as a process of the brain, but one of the mind. Pioneers of artificial intelligence (AI), following this philosophy, had little interest in how the brain was constructed. They saw the problem of artificial intelligence as that of simulating the mind, an endeavor entirely different from simulating the brain.

A strong analogy was made, identifying the brain as the hardware (or wetware) upon which the software, the symbolic processor of the mind, was executed. This metaphor allowed researchers to take the position that the solution to the problem didn’t necessarily have to mimic nature’s solution, just as in the example of manned flight not involving airplanes that flap their wings to remain aloft. We could bypass the biology and evolution and directly engineer intelligence.

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